ICC On Cricket Developments in Afghanistan
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is keeping an eye on the situation in Afghanistan while the world watches. According to Cricbuzz, the ICC office in Dubai is in frequent contact with representatives of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in Kabul to discuss the situation. “fully understand the impact of changes” happening in the country.
Biggest challenges in front of ACB
One of the most difficult issues facing ACB could be ensuring the survival of women’s cricket in the country, which has grown in popularity in recent years. For the first time in 2020, 25 female players were handed central contracts, setting the way for the development of a national women’s team. To supplement the efforts, skill-based camps were organized.” That was a massive development. We don’t know what now,” said “required to have a national women’s team of its own”
“I have not heard from the ICC on what is happening as far as women’s cricket in Afghanistan,” said Lisa Sthalekar, “but personally I am concerned about what is happening there.”
Cricket Community Remains Optimistic
Despite the country’s dramatic geopolitical developments, the cricket community remains optimistic about the game’s future. “Cricket in Afghanistan began from refugee camps and we have come a long way. With very limited resources, we climbed our way up to full membership,” Shafiqullah Stanikzai, former CEO of ACB
“I hope and pray that cricket in Afghanistan continues to grow. For us, it is beyond a sport, a game. Cricket has given us an identity making the image of Afghans around the world optimistic. Through cricket, we convinced the global community to invest in our talent and Afghan youth. I hope this continues.”
Attract the attention of the ICC
“For the moment we are focusing on the Pakistan series. We are confident it will happen. If it does not, due to reasons not relevant to us, we could advance the dates of Shpageeza Cricket League (the domestic league),” ACB spokesperson Hikmat Hasan said.
“The squad (for the Pakistan series) is already out. The coaches trained the players in Kabul for one month. We are well prepared for the matches in Sri Lanka and the Twenty20 World Cup in UAE. Our head coach Lance Klusener was in Kabul till the Eid. We have recruited Shaun Tait as bowling coach and he will be joining the squad in Sri Lanka,” Hikmat further added.